Thursday, October 3, 2013

Maybe It Will Go Away- October 2013

October 2013

Hi Everybody, Dr. Norris here.
There is a sign in my office which says "Five Dangerous Words: Maybe it will go away!"
Every once in a while I see someone read it... smile and nod their head yes. It must be human nature to put things off, procrastinate and hope things will change on their own. Unfortunately our health usually gets worse when we avoid it.  I recently had a toothache which I ignored for weeks.  "I don't have time, it's not that bad... maybe it will go away, blah, blah, blah."  So you probably know how this played out.  My tooth became infected and it had to be pulled.
 I look back now and say "What was I thinking?"

The bad news is untreated spine problems are typically progressive and degenerative.  To put it another way, if a person does not intervene, over time spinal problems get worse not better.  Arthritis, disc disease and chronic muscle conditions are the result of problems which were not addressed when they could have been treated and cured.  These chronic problems require more treatment and relief is sometimes temporary.  When the condition becomes severe the best that can be hoped for is to manage the pain.
The good news is that if treated early most conditions respond quickly to care. Chiropractic adjustments, therapy treatments, exercises and life style changes often help even chronic problems.
So if you notice a kink, ache, knot, tweak, ouchie or owie, don't ignore it too long.  Whatever you do don't say those five dangerous words.

As always if you or someone you care about is in pain
have them call for a consultation.
That's what I do... help people get out of pain.
“Because nobody has time for pain!”
Dr. Michael Norris
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"Laughter increases endorphins, which increases oxygenation of the blood, relaxes arteries, increases heart rate, decreases blood pressure all which have a positive effect on cardiovascular and respiratory ailments, as well as an increased immune system response.  ~ American Journal of Medicine, 1995

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